September 21st marks World Alzheimer’s Day. This is an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s related dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily life.
The Day Center of Evergreen Commons has over 30+ years of experience caring for people with dementia. The Day Center program offers dementia support through a range of services, including…
1. Activities are planned based on the individual interests of our participants and are rooted in a therapeutic approach. Cognitive activities such as; word scrambles, Jeopardy and dice games, stimulate the brain using memory, problem-solving & strategy. Creative activities such as; art, music and Bell Choir, allow for individual expression. Gross Motor activities such as chair exercise, basketball toss, and bowling encourage activity in the motor cortex and sustain physical health. Social activities promote relationships and a feeling of connectedness, and include reminiscing and discussion groups. Spiritual activities, like prayer circle, allow participants to give and receive emotional support.
2. Health monitoring and assessments are performed on a monthly basis with oversight from an RN. The Day Center can assist in maintaining an individual’s functionality, or independence, with activities of daily living, personal care, prevention of hospitalization and medication management by routinely taking vitals, assessing fall risk and making ongoing contact with caregivers to discuss changes or concerns.
3. Caregiver support, training and respite services provide an outlet for caregivers to talk about the strain of caregiving and receive feedback and tips on how to cope or handle their individual situations. Classes and training provide education on disease progression and the importance of self-care for the caregiver. Enrolling a loved one into the program allows working caregivers to maintain employment and financial stability, or a break from day to day caregiving tasks, which can be emotionally and physically draining.